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Mont Rubí HMR White 2017

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Spain is quite possibly the world's most exciting wine region at the moment!

Young, innovative wine makers are re-discovering its ancient vines, native grapes and fabulous terroir and all to tremendous effect...

Nowhere is this more true than Catalonia's Penedès region and wineries like Mont Rubí are creating stunning wines that only a few years ago would have been considered impossible.

Today's offer of the HMR White from Mont Rubí is one such wine! This lovely white is made from the Xarel·lo grape (pronounced sha-rel-lo), which is normally found as the main grape in Cava.

Only in recent years have wine makers cottoned onto the potential in this grape and the vibrant, mineral, pure wines that it makes.

The HMR White is the finest example of these wines that we've tried and the price tag of only £14.15 makes it just brilliant value!

We're huge fans but we'll leave the last words to renowned critic Matthew Jukes...

“HMR White is made of xarel.lo and it is the finest still version of this grape I have tasted. It reeks of class, with delicacy, control and length that belie its price. I would pay a lot of money for this wine in a fancy, Spanish, three-star restaurant… With a flavour reminiscent to the local limonera pears, spiked with tart green apples, this is a stunningly pretty wine and it will shock you with its purity.”

About the wine

100% Xarel·lo, the vines for this wine were planted just over 40 years ago and the fruit they produce gives fantastic concentration and complexity.

Water-white in the glass, this is a youthful and vibrantly fruited wine with sweet herbal scents and fresh green fennel at its core. Laden with the fruit notes typical of the variety – green apple, pear, pineapple and faint notes of Spanish Jasmine, the HMR white is a stunner. At once once intensely fruity, whilst remaining lightly herbal and refreshingly mineral, it is beautifully drinkable. It finishes with a length that belongs to a wine 2 or 3 times the price.

A fascinating wine at a great price! What more could you ask for?

Mont Rubí follow biodynamic guidelines and all the processes in the winery are manual - from harvest to destemming and pressing. Minimal sulphur is used and instead the wines are aged on the fine lees which are rich in natural antioxidants.

Fermentation and maturation takes place in a number of different materials, according to the demands of the wine and the vintage. These include egg­-shaped cement tanks, ceramic amphora made from locally sourced calcium ­rich clay as well as French oak barrels of various sizes and toast levels.

Winemaker: Josep Queralt
Appellation: Penedes, Catalunya, Spain

- 90pts, James Suckling
- 3.8/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 100% Xarel·lo
Vineyard: Mont Rubi vineyards
ABV: 12.5%
Drink: 2018-2020

About the winery

Lying just 40 miles west of Barcelona, Mont Rubí and its vineyards stand at over 600 meters above sea level in the Catalan PreCostal range.

The name MontRubí was created in 1984 in honor of the 19th century property in L’Avellà that the Peris family refurbished to house the winery. “Mont” relates to the mountainous surroundings and distinctive method of viticulture, while “Rubí” was taken from the name of the municipality of Font-­Rubí where the winery and vineyards are located.

The philosophy of the winery is to support traditional, sustainable viticulture, which is respectful of the environment, seeking balance between its grape strains and the environment, and at the same time incorporate new technology. In the winery, all of the production processes are designed and controlled to avoid intervention as much as possible, using minimal quantities of sulphites and using their own antioxidant lees.

About the vineyard

HMR White is a monovarietal Xarel·lo wine from vineyards planted in 1974. The nutrient poor soils at high altitude in Alt Penedés are ideal for this versatile variety.

Viticultural practices at MontRubí are sustainable and environmentally friendly with only non-chemical treatments for the vines. The team allow natural ground cover to grow to promote soil regeneration. 


90 points - James Suckling
A joyful Catalan dry white. Very fresh and rather exotic, with an extremely inviting pink-grapefruit and floral nose. Super fresh and juicy with a long, crisp finish. Invitation accepted."


"Really attractive stonefruit on the nose and a hint of pink grapefruit. The palate is very fresh and mineral. Lovely juicy fruit and a decent finish" 4.0/5 Stars

"Appetising mix of stone fruit and citrus character. Long, clean and fresh. Perfect with barbecued fish. Really enjoyable" 4.0/5 Stars

"Almost transparent in the glass but wasn't put off. Apricot, nectarine and stonefruit dominating nose with slight hint of pyrazine. Medium + body and medium acidity. A divine rich cantaloupe finish."  4.0/5 Stars

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"I would pay a lot of money for this wine" Matthew Jukes
Incredible new wave Catalan white! "This is stunningly pretty wine" Matthew Jukes
2018-09-13 23:59:59
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